Portrait Photograph of Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross

Research Specialist

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences | Department of Soil Science

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Jessica is a Research Specialist in the Department of Soil Science, where she supports research in nutrient cycling and agroecosystems. She has worked on a wide variety of projects focused on ecological research and conservation in the Midwest. Jessica has worked professionally on citizen science projects at the UW-Arboretum and the Field Museum in Chicago and remains an active member of the community, leading a project with the Madison Mycological Society to document the fungal diversity of the UW-Arboretum.


  • A garden can be home to birds, animals, pollinators, and other insects. Learn how citizen science practices and principles can help you observe and document garden life—for your own records or to contribute data to a project. We’ll discuss ways to monitor bumble bees, birds, butterflies, invasive species, and seasonal changes.